Parish Announcements, Prayers & Meditations

O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.     Amen.

Congratulations to the Arthur Family: On Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Phil, Hannah and Liam welcomed Aven Elise Arthur to their family.

Pastor Dot Update: Pastor Dot emailed the Council saying she and Bill have finished their 14 days of self-quarantine after arriving in Maryland. They are well, have unpacked and settled in. More information located here.



“Oh God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”

We are sorry we cannot worship together in our Sanctuary for Sunday worship services for now. The Prayer of the Day and readings for Pentecost Sunday may be found here.

Church Council Members for 2020
President                     Andrew Thomas
Vice President             Deanna Johe
Secretary                     Beth Greene
Treasurer                    Chris Fetzer
Financial Secretary    Jane Sullwold
Member at Large         Ruth Dow (Outreach & Social Ministry)
Member at Large         Chris Kanbergs
Member at Large         OPEN (Property Oversight)

Church Council openings were prayerfully offered and considered by the assembly. The following position of Property Oversight Council Member-at-large still remains largely unfilled. The monthly Council meetings are generally 1 to 1-1/2 hours in length. The positions are for a two-year commitment.

New Pastor Update:  The church council has received some information from and about a pastoral candidate recommended by the Synod.  More information is on its way, and as soon as it has all been reviewed and discussed, the council intends to schedule a Zoom meeting to interview the candidate.  All steps in this process have been slowed down by the COVID-19 restrictions, but we are definitely making progress.  In the meantime, stay home as much as possible, wear a mask while performing essential activities that make physical distancing difficult (including getting exercise!), and most importantly, stay well so that we can meet again soon in person.  Watch this space for more updates on our search for a new pastor.

Outreach Ministry to the Homeless:    Immanuel Lutheran Church, in conjunction with the Dine & Connect Work Group, which consists of organizations like Building Futures, Operation Dignity, the greater Alameda Faith Community, and the City of Alameda, will be hosting monthly dinners for the homeless here in Alameda. The dinners are free and occur on the last Monday of the month here in the ILC Parish Hall. This month the dinner will be a carry-out dinner due to Covid-19 protocols. It will be held on, Monday, June 29th from 4 – 6pm. A limited number volunteers will be needed in all categories of hospitality from food prep to recycling & cleanup. Contact Terry for more information. It is hoped and prayed for that this much needed ministry will be a small but important step in helping feed those who are hungry and unsheltered.

Lent Outreach Ministry Projects:    are suspended until later this year.

Census 2020:    It is important that all people are counted in the 2020 census to accurately allocate money for services and schools. Check your postal mail.

Food Bank Sunday:    Immanuel regularly celebrates Food Bank Sunday on the first Sunday of every month. The Alameda Food Bank (AFB) has suspended community food donations, but will continue to receive any monetary donations for those in need. Food donations are always accepted at any time here at Immanuel. Please feel free to bring and place your donation in the food collection basket at the Education Building.

Visionary Team Meeting:    will next briefly via an on-line conference call  on a date yet to be determined. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers for the future of our parish are always welcomed, so please stay tuned for future notices in these announcements. And by all means, consider joining us in this incredible ministry. All are invited to participate.

Church Council:    will try to meet on a monthly. Meetings to be randomly set by the council members. Anyone who is interested in the business side of the church is invited to call or email one of our council members. All are welcome to stay in touch.

Ladies Aid:    generally meets on the third Sunday of every month. However, due to current health concerns the next meeting will be a Zoom meeting this Sunday, May 24 at 11:00 AM. Contact a member for instructions if you would like to join in the meeting.

Mens Group:    regularly meets on the 1st Saturday of every month at 10am at Marti’s Place, 1905-1/2 Encinal Ave. near Lafayette for fellowship and a little pastoral “checking in”. Our meetings have, of course, been suspended until after the health crisis. Our next gathering will be determined hopefully sometime in the near future. When we can reschedule, it’s hoped that you can make it. The food is great, and of course all men are always welcome.

Worship and Music:    regularly meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month after Coffee Hour. Because of the recent COVID-19 health concerns the team will suspend any further meetings until the health crisis is over (God willing). Please feel free to join us at that time. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Advisory Team:    generally meets on Fridays. The next meetings will start up again after the health crisis is over. We meet in the Helen Room. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Teachers:    We pray for all of our teachers who have been laid off – Preschool Director Yvonne Brewer, Teachers Jean Benge,  Elaine Nye, and Monice Pernell. For the children & their families in our preschool program. Please keep them in your prayers

Organ Repair:   Thanks to all who donated to the first phase of our Werner Bosch, Opus 353 organ repair. Pledges and donations for the remaining 4 phases will still be graciously accepted. This wonderful instrument was donated and installed in 1965 by the Roth family for just under $85,000. To replace an instrument of this caliber and quality in today’s market would be significantly over $500,000. For further information, please talk to our Music Director, Terry O’Connor, or any Council member.

Immanuel Choir Sunday:    Immanuel regularly celebrates Choir Sunday on the last Sunday of every month and on the major Feast Days such as Easter & Christmas. Anyone who wishes to sing, or learn how to sing and read music, or play an instrument is encouraged to join. There are no auditions – simply a desire to sing or play music. We gather to warm-up at 9am, then sing for worship. Since worship services have been cancelled due to current health concerns, Choir Sunday won’t be held until further notice. However, if you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him anytime at

Recycling Program Change:   Immanuel is always trying to be  “greener” and has recycling bins in the kitchen and Parish Hall. Please be careful in throwing out trash. See signs on containers as you throw away items. Recycling Needs: for plastic, please remove tops – for aluminum, please take off pull tabs and put in plastic bag for the Ronald McDonald House. Crush both plastic and aluminum and put in separate bags and loosely tie. Bring items to the Parish Hall to help our planet and raise funds for our church. Glass can also be brought if carefully bagged or in boxes so they do not break. Thank you for helping to cut down on landfill and help our planet.

Church Office Hours:   staffed by volunteers has been suspended. New hours have yet to be determined. If you need assistance, please call the office at (510) 523-0659 anytime and leave a message for staff or for our Council President, Andrew Thomas.

Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers:    Sign-up charts for Coffee Hour and Flowers have once again been posted in the Parish Hall for 2020. If you would like to bring flowers for the altar or to host coffee hour.

Last Sunday:    Attendance: +++    AFB Food Distribution (April): +++ lbs.

Prayer List:   Marsha Barta (Adeline’s daughter), Joyce Bryan, Cheryl Bess, Scott, Cameron, Clementine Jackson,  Gina Grossi, Erika Wiesmann, Ann Miller Taylor, Claudia Hunter Larsen, Don and Barbara Wilson, Roy and Marcia Goldt, Marty Cosgriff, Michelle (Chris Kanbergs daughter), Nathan Gould, Shirley Lustig, Linda Glasenapp, Andrei McQuesten, Charlotte Berndt, Cecilia Maldonado, Tulio (ILC custodian who’s recovering from surgery), Barbara Nemer (healing from shoulder surgery, family and friends of Adeline Peters, Barbara & Jerry Journay for healing, Heidi Schmidt and sons on the death of John (Ted) Schmidt, Keith Bryan, Barb (mother of Karen’s friend Deb), Tiffany Buchner on the death of her husband Eric Marston, the family of Steven Bennis of Alaska, Pastors Dot & Bill as they travel across the country to their new home, all who are suffering in any way from the COVID-19 pandemic, Pastor Dot and Bill as they settle into their new home in Maryland, and the family and friends of J.D. Molgaard. .

(Please call the church office to leave updates to the Prayer List)


“So do not fear,for I am with you; do not be dismayed , for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

God remains close and grace always abounds.  We have only to reach out to God through prayer and to one another via chats, Facebook, phone calls, texts.

I invite you to use some of this time to spend time with God as we wait this virus out.  Spend time in prayer.  Talking with God.  Renewing the one relationship that will see you through.  And then remember, as you might be tempted to grab up all the toilet paper, that God loves your neighbor, too.   Leave supplies for others.  Spend time in prayer for them.  We all need each other.  We all need God.  We will make it through this time together.